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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 5

In this week's wrap up, I am starting with Lily only because I usually put her last and I wonder if everyone reads all the way to the end of my posts (you do don't you?)

Some pf you may remember that O made the last minute decision of buying My Father's World God's Creation From A to Z and I am so glad I did!  We LOVE it!  After the intro unit which is 10 days on the Creation of the World, there are 26 units that are 6 days each.  We usually only do school 4 days per week, but Lily has been asking to do school work on Fridays as well.  This week we finished the first unit which focuses on the letter "S", the sun, and Jesus is the light of the world.  Some of the activities we did were: painted the sun, made a sun dial, watched grapes transform into raisins, read books about the sun, plus completed some letter activities and worksheets on the letter "S" and the number one.  Also we are working on an activity that teaches children how to count to 100 by putting a straw in a cup every day and writing the corresponding number on a chart, and we are learning about the calender.  For each unit you also make a badge related to that unit.  We made the sun badge for unit one and we decided we were going to put all of the badges on a piece of string and hang it in the school room.

Now on to everyone else.  For Bible this week we continued on to What On Earth Can I Do? We are still working through Chapter 4 on Where Is Your Treasure?  We also have been reading aloud some new books I received to review from iWitness books from Apologia starting with iWitness Biblical Archaeology.

Emmie coloring in WOECID while I read

In MOH Vol III we completed lessons 4,5,and 6 and did the corresponding map work, memory cards, and added the new timeline figures to our time line.  While I was reading one day, Anthony found something nice and quiet and creative to do.

In Science we had a little bit of reading to finish up in Chapter 3 of Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics, plus a vocab assignment in the journals.  We also did a fun little science experiment.

Not an assignment in our books, but we watched Flubber the other day so of course we had to make some.

For Literature and Writing all we did this week was to finish up our lessons that we were a day behind on last week because of our co-op.  I could've doubled up this week, but we had a field trip so we were going to have no school one day this week as well and it was just easier to play catch up.  The older boys did a final copy of their IEW papers and lesson 4 in Fix IT Grammar, and Christian did his Thursday worksheet in Lightning Lit and wrote a story on his 3 important things.  Anthony did his Thursday worksheet in Lightning Lit third grade and wrote a story about his favorite room in the house.

In Spelling Anthony and Christian finished step 3 in AAS Level 2 and Alex finished step 15 in AAS Level 4.

In math, each child moves up one lesson per week.

We have a new review to learn Chinese. Alex is working on that with me.

Other activities this week:

Monday Nick and Alex had their first soccer game.  Christian was supposed to play his first on Thursday and Nick and Alex were supposed to play again, but they got rained out.

Lily had gymnastics on Tuesday.

Thursday we had a great time at the Ka-do-ha Indian village.

Saturday I finished up a sewing project of a tablecloth, plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, tomatoes, apples, strawberries, pears, and carrots for the girls (and Christian plays with them too.)  Lily was very helpful sewing things closed by hand after the were stuffed.  They have had a great time playing with them so far.

I hope you had a great week in your homeschool!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village

The Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village is not very far from where we live, but we have never been there before.  When a local homeschool group scheduled a field trip to go and invited us along, we decided it would be fun to go check it out.  I had heard that is was not very big and it wouldn't take long to go through, but it is a neat little part of history right here in our town and the prices for the group rate were a really good deal.  It only cost $12 for myself and six children to get in.  Plus field trips and meeting new friends is always fun!

We arrived at the Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village by 10:30.  There was almost a 100% chance of rain, but we were hoping it would hold off.  The gift shop where you go in was very nice and had a lot of interesting things in it, gift shop prices of course :).  The people working in there were very nice and helpful.

Anthony and Christian cracked me up posing like these Indian statues, one outside the gift shop and one inside the gift shop.

Attached to the gift shop was the museum.  It was about the size of my family room.  In it was: a diorama of an Indian village, some pottery, arrowheads, a crystal, beads, and a few other artifacts.

Then you get to go outside and see the excavated mounds.  I did not get a picture of them, but each mound has a building built around them.  You go up the stairs and look down into the excavated mound.  It is like a really deep pit.  In it are replicas of the skeletons that were found and the artifacts that were found with them.   There were 4 buildings that had mounds in them.

There was a sign that warned of poisonous snakes and to stay on the trail.  We just hoped that the snakes knew to stay off the trail :)

Then there was a plowed field that you could search for artifacts and gems.  Anything you found you got to keep.  My children found some crystals and rocks, an arrowhead, and some broken pottery.  Everyone found something so they were very pleased.  Nick found a really big crystal.

After that we bought two containers of dirt (usually $8 but only $5 with the group rate) that were guaranteed to have stones and artifacts in them and we got to wash stones.  This was their favorite part.  We found lots of gems and some arrowheads too.  Each of the children had their own baggie to put the stuff they found in it.

We opted not to stay and eat our picnic lunch because that storm was getting closer and it wasn't long after we started driving home that the sky opened up and it started pouring.  But a good time was had by all.  I wish that there was an actual replica of an Indian Village set up out there instead of just a diorama of one.  But it still was an fun and interesting field trip.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Schoolhouse Crew Review: My Student Logbook

My Student Logbook Review
If you are looking for a simple way to see if your child has completed their work without having to ask them over and over, or a way for your child to keep track of their own school work and time spent doing it My Student Logbook  may have just the product for you.  We recently had an opportunity to use and review My Student Logbook.

My Student Logbook Review

My Student Logbook was designed to be used my children in grades two and up.  My Student Logbook is easy to set up and maintain and will help keep your daily homeschool management as simple as possible.  The logbooks come in three different choices: undated, dated for the calender year (Jan 1st-Dec 31st), and dated for the school year (Aug 1st-July 31st.)  There are 9 different cover choices: butterflies, dinosaurs, sea life, jets, rainforest, freedom, planets, golden vines, and vintage map.  In addition to the log pages you will find several other pages in the book for you student to fill out including: All About Me, Prayers and Goals, Bible Verses Memorized, Books Read, Events, Projects, Field Trips, Presentations, Activities, Test Records, and Year Highlights.  

My Student Logbook can be purchased as a physical, spiral bound book for $15.  Or, you can purchase a PDF, single use license that you can print out at home for $10 or a family use license for $20.  The PDF copy is only available in calender or school year options.  

To set up your log book all you have to do is:
Tear out one of the checklist pages from your child's logbook and cut off the torn edge.  Then you fold on the line so the checklist faces out.  Next you write in your child's tasks or assignments.  Now you tape the checklist in on the back of the page you wish to start on making sure it can fold over to the front.  That's it.  Now your child can check items off as he completes them.

I used My Student Logbook with my 7th grade son.  We used it to track his daily school subjects: History, Bible, Math, Science, Writing, Grammar, and Latin.  As well as his morning and afternoon chores, and loading the dishwasher.

Quite honestly when I first had an opportunity to look at the product my first thought was, "Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?"  I have several times in the past tried different ways of getting my children to check off their work as they have completed it, but every way I have done has taken too much time to set up and maintain so after a couple of weeks I have given up on it.  My Student Logbook is so easy to use and continue using.  The process is so simple!

I love the different cover options so your child can choose what they like the best and be able to make it their own.  The book itself is sturdy and I love the spiral binding that allows it to lie flat on the table.  The extra pages in the back to log books read, test scores, Bible verses, and activities are a great addition to an already great product.  My Student Logbook can be used as much more than a check off list.  It can be a complete record of your child's school year.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: Let's Sew Together by Rubyellen Bratcher

Synopsis :

"Simple sewing techniques make craft time fun for kids and grown-ups alike, with ideas for vintage-inspired clothes, accessories, quirky home d├ęcor, cute toys, and sweet gifts designed by the mom behind the popular parenting and craft blog Cakies. Don't just sew for your kids. Sew with them! Rubyellen Bratcher has invented 30 simple projects that encourage families to spend more time together through DIY activities. This mom of four learned how to sew at her local fabric shop, but soon found that her daughters were her greatest source of inspiration. Documenting her family's daily life and DIY adventures online, Rubyellen's blog, Cakies, has steadily grown into a destination for parents and crafters of all ages. In her first book, she offers 30 projects for kids and grown-ups to make together, including a handpainted skirt, scribbled placemats, a robot friend, easy felt party garlands, overstuffed dollhouse pillows, a gorgeous world-map quilt, and much more. Each chapter also includes no-sew projects, educational activities, play ideas, and reading suggestions to encourage imagination and learning."

Let's Sew Together is an 175 page paperback book that is full of projects that you can make with and for your family.  Each project lists the materials needed, skill level, seam allowance, finished measurements, and step by step instructions to complete the project.  In addition to all of that you will find an introduction, a list of basic sewing supplies and optional tools, basic hand sewing information, embroidery techniques, quilting techniques, finishing seams, and adding closures.  There is also a list of sewing vocabulary and definitions, and kid friendly sewing tips.  The patterns for the projects are in the back of the book with instructions for enlargement.  If all of that wasn't enough, you will also find read aloud suggestions throughout the book and teaching moments ideas to go with some of the projects.

I LOVE the variety and creativity of the projects in this book!  I LOVE the easy to follow instructions and the noted skill level on each project.  I think all of the extra information included is wonderful and the teachable moments suggestions and read aloud suggestions really take this book from really good to great.  I have ordered the material to make the prep and play place settings and food because it is one of the cutest projects I have ever seen and my girls will love it!  There are several other projects from this book that we are planning on doing.

If I had one wish it would be that the patterns were the actual size they were supposed to be as not everyone has access to a copier that can blow up the pattern pieces to the correct size.  Or at the very least to have each of the patterns for the different projects on separate pages to make it easier to copy.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 4

Soccer on Monday, Gymnastics on Tuesday, Co-op on Wednesday, Soccer on Thursday, Shop Class on Friday, Church on Sunday, when will I socialize the children?

Just kidding.  A better question might be when will I homeschool the children?  Thankfully there is educational value in just about everything and even though we had a very busy week,we did manage to get some HOMEschooling done too.

This week we were back to a full homeschool schedule including: Bible, Science (2 days per week), History (2 days per week), Latin, Spelling, Grammar, Writing, Literature, and Math.  Bible, History, and Science are all done in the morning and everything else is completed in the afternoon.  It does take a bit of juggling to get it all in, but we get it done.  This week being our first week back to a full schedule we did have to make a few adjustments and had an interruption and meltdown or two, but overall the week went fairly well.

On the homeschool side this is what we accomplished this week:

History: 1st three lessons in Mystery of History Vol III.  We read the lessons, made memory cards for each lesson, completed the mapping assignments, and added the time line figures to our timeline board.

Science:  We reviewed Exploring Creation with Chemistry and physics last year and after the reveiw period we set it aside to finish up Land Animals.  So this week we picked up where we left off in Lesson 3.  We completed the readings, notebook assignments, and an experiment or two.  We even made a Periodic Table of Elements from sugar cookies this week-end, which was a lot of fun!

Bible: We started What On Earth Can I Do? last year and we picked up where we left off.  We read about the Generous Employer (parable of Jesus) and began Chapter 4 on Where is Your Treasure?  We also completed a few of the corresponding notebooking assignments.

Math: Each child completed a new lesson.

Spelling and Grammar: Anthony and Christian completed Step 2 of Level 2 of All About Spelling and read the corresponding story in the All About Reading Reader.  Alex completed Step 15 of Level 4 of All About Spelling.  Nick and Alex completed Lesson 2 of Fix It Grammar The Nose Tree.

Writing/Literature: Nick and Alex completed Lesson 3 in IEW Medieval History Writing.  They wrote a key word outline and paragraghs on The Archbishop of Canterbury.  Christian read The Important Book , did his Lightning Lit grade 1 assignments, and is working on writing about 3 Important Things.  We did not get this assignment finished because we missed Wednesday for the co-op.  Anthony started working on Lightning Lit Grade 3.  We have been reading from Sara Plain and Tall.  I read the chapters aloud to him and he completes the corresponding worksheets.  He is working on a paper of one of his favorite places.  He did not finish this assignment either because of the co-op so we will be finishing this week.

Kindergarten: Lily is using My Father's World God's Creation From A to Z.  We finished the intro unit on creation on Tuesday and Thursday was our first day of the first unit on the sun.  So far we are loving My Father's World.  One of the things I love is that the days are numbered and not designatd by days of the week.  So if you miss a day you don't feel at all like you are behind and have to catch up, you just go on to the next day.  I love that!

Other activities this week:

I did not get any soccer pictures, but I will when the games get started.  Nick, Alex, and Christian are playing soccer. Lily went to her first gymnastics class and she loved it!  The van quit on us at Walmart after gymnastics but thankfully Art works across the street and was able to come over and it was only the battery and nothing major!

Our co-op at Grandview on Wednesday was a lot of fun!

Friday we had our first once a month shop class.  This month they were learning about plumbing and got to make a sling shot out of PVC pipes.  Nick, Alex, Anthony, Christian, and Lily all participated in the co-op.  Chelsea doesn't have classes on Friday so she hung out with them at the co-op and Emmie and I went grocery shopping.  The children had a great time!

I hope you had a great week in your homeschool!